The health benefits of brisk walking

To help improve overall health and well-being, Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of General Practitioners are encouraging adults to include brisk walking into their daily routine.

A study carried out by PHE found that:

  • Adults struggle to include exercise in their daily routine
  • 65% of adults are unsure of how many minutes of physical activity a week are recommended
  • 87% of adults report that they walk for more than 10 minutes per day. However, only 54% say they do so briskly.

Brisk walking is considered a moderate intensity physical activity and doing this for just 10 minutes daily can help adults to achieve the UK recommendation of 150 minutes of physical activity a week. This has many health benefits such as a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and can reduce the risk of early death by 15%.

To help adults get on board with this, Public Health England have launched a new app called ‘‘Active 10’’. This app records the time and intensity of walking rather than just focusing on the number of steps and distance.

For more top tips on improving your health and well-being take a look at our health page.

Posted: 19/06/2018 11:36:30 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: adults, health and well-being, physical activity, walking


 

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